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Genealogy Resources

Note: Materials with call numbers starting Ref are in the Reference section; Gen = Archives; and FL = Florida Collection. Items marked with * are especially useful.

Created in 2000 by
Cynthia Wise - Librarian, Florida Collection


*Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County & Town Resources, rev. ed. by Alice Eicholz. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. Has a chapter on each state; tells what records are where.


Ref 929.1 Anc

Beginner’s Guide to Family History Research by Desmond Walls Allen and Carolyn Earle Billingsley. Conway, Arkansas: Research Associates

Fla 929.1 A425 1997

Circ 929.1 All 1997

Gen 929.1 A425 1994

*Cyndi’s List by Cyndi Howells. External site not maintained by the Department of State.


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy by Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls. Macmillan General Reference, 1997.

Gen 929.1 R795

The Genealogist’s Companion & Sourcebook by Emily Anne Croom. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1994.

Gen 929.1 C948

Circ 929.1072073 Cro

On order for FL

Genealogy as Pastime and Profession, 2nd ed. rev. by Donald Lines Jacobus. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986.

Gen 929.1 J17

Unpuzzling Your Past: A Basic Guide to American Genealogy by Emily Anne Croom. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1994.

Circ 929.1072073 Cro 1995

Gen 929.1 C948, 1989


Note:The Florida Collection owns federal Census microfilm for Florida counties from 1830-1920. Other Census material including some Florida Census is available in the Archives.


*State Census Records by Ann S. Lainhart. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1992.

Gen 016.929 L187

The Soundex Daitch-Mokotoff Reference Guide, 2 vols., rev. ed. by Bradley W. Steuart. Bountiful, Utah: Precision Indexing, 1994. The 1880 Soundex is different from other years. You must have a child 10 years old or younger, or your name doesn’t appear.

Gen 016.929 S842 1994

FL 929.32 Florida S724 1994

Use for an index to the census: External site not maintained by the Department of State.

Subscription service available in Archives

National Archives Web site; can click on Soundex and look up a name: External site not maintained by the Department of State.



Army Official Records: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies [computer file] Wilmington, North Carolina; Broadfoot Publishing, 1995.


Ref 973.7 Arm CD ROM

Note:This CD can be used as an index to the Civil War

Official Records, located in the Reference Room.


How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been in the Military: Armed Forces Locator Directory by Richard S. Johnson. Ft. Sam Houston, TX: Military Information Enterprises, 1990.

Ref 355.002573 Joh 1995

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor by Bertram Hawthrone Groene. Winston-Salem: John F. Blair.

Circ 929.1072073 Gro 1995

Archives 929.1 G874 1973

U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources, Colonial America to the Present by James C. Neagles. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1995.

Ref 929.30973 Nea

Gen 973 N338

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington, D.C.: Govt. Printing Office, 1880-1901.

Reference Room


Genealogy Online: Researching Your Roots by Elizabeth Powell Crowe. New York: McGraw Hill, 1996.

Circ 929.10285 Cro 1998

Gen 929.1 C953 1996

Genealogy Software Guide by Marthe Arends. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1998.

Gen 929.1 A681

Netting Your Ancestors: Genealogical Research on the Internet by Cyndi Howells. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1997.

Gen 929.1 H859

Turbo Genealogy: An Introduction to Family History Research in the Information Age by John and Carolyn Cosgriff. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997.

Gen 929.1 C834 1987

Virtual Roots: A Guide to Genealogy and Local History on the World Wide Web compiled by Thomas Jay Kemp. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1997.

Gen 929.1 K32


*Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. This resource should be used with each census year due to boundary changes.

Ref 911.73 Tho

Land & Property Research in the United States by E. Wade Hone. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997.

On order for Ref

Gen 929.1 H772

Note: Pre 1908 land records are on the Internet at the Bureau of Land Management Web site: External site not maintained by the Department of State.


Internet atlas with 1895 county maps: External site not maintained by the Department of State.


The Handy Book for Genealogists, 8th ed. by George B. and Louise Mathews Everton. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1991. For each county, the date of origin is given, along with the previous county. It also has a map of each state, including county lines, and notes county histories.

Gen 929.1 E93 1991

Ref 929.1 Eve 1981

Circ 929.1 Eve 1971

Omni Gazetteer of the United States of America. Eleven volumes, including national index and appendices. Editor: Frank R. Abate. Detroit: Omnigraphics, 1991. This gazetteer can be used for lakes, streams, buildings, cemeteries, churches, etc. Keeping in mind that this is a current gazetteer, it can also be used for places that no longer exist and the name is being used by another entity.

Ref 917.3003 Omn 1991


Family Pride: The Complete Guide to Tracing African-American Genealogy by Donna Beasley. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.


Gen 929.1 B368

Circ 929.1 Bea

Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies by David H. Streets. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1986.

Gen 929.1 S915

Cherokee Connections by Myra Vanderpool Gormley. Tacoma, Washington: Family Historian Books, 1995. A small book but good at explaining research difficulties and available records.

Circ 929.1089975 Gor

Gen 929 G 671

Indian Census Rolls, 1898-1948.

Archives S 1381

Note: Native American records are private. The Pensacola Public Library specializes in Native American Genealogy. Pensacola Public Library, 200 W. Gregory St., Pensacola, FL 32501-4878; (850)435-1760


A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1998.

Gen 929.1 C287


A to ZAX: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians by Barbara Jean Evans. Alexandria, Virginia: Hearthside Press, 1995.


Archives 929.1 E92 1978

Ref 929.1 Eva

American Genealogical-Biographical Index by Fremont Rider. The Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield St., Middletown, Connecticut 06457 Indexes 1790 census, Boston Transcripts, New England family histories.

Gen 016 A512b

Black’s Law Dictionary, 4th ed. by Henry Campbell Black. St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing, 1968.

Ref 340.03 Bla

Cemeteries of the U.S.: A Guide to Contact Information for U.S. Cemeteries and Their Records. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994.

Ref 929.502573 Cem

Gen 929.502573 Cem

On order for FL

County Courthouse Book, 2nd ed. by Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1995.

Gen 347.73 B477 1995

A Dictionary of Surnames by Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Ref 929.4 Han

Circ 929.4 Han

Directory of Professional Genealogists, ed. by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens and Kathleen W. Hinckley. Denver: Association of Professional Genealogists, 1997.

On order for Ref

Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1997.

Gen 929.1 M657

FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. This is the Mormon Church genealogy site: External site not maintained by the Department of State.


Florida Combined Indexes of Marriages, Divorces and Deaths, 1877-1991. Florida Office of Vital Statistics. Marriages 1927-1997; divorces June 1927-1997; deaths 1877-1997. Microfiche. The combined index in Archives includes marriages 1927-1969; divorces 1927-1942; and deaths 1877-1968. Microfiche.

MIC 929.32 Florida F636s

Archives S 1571

Genealogical & Local History Books in Print, 5th ed. compiled by Marian Hoffman. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1996. This is a four volume set; one volume is devoted to family histories.

Gen 016.929 G326 1996

Genealogies Cataloged by the Library of Congress since 1986: With a List of Established Forms of Family Names and a List of Genealogies Converted to Microform Since 1983. Washington, D.C.: Cataloging Distribution Service, Library of Congress, 1992.

Gen 016.9291 L697

The Genealogist’s Address Book, 4th ed. by Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1998.

Ref 929.1 Gen

Historical and Genealogical Holdings in the State of Florida. Florida Library Association, 1992.

FL 929.3 Florida H673

International Vital Records Handbook, 3rd ed. by Thomas Jay Kemp. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994.

Ref 347.055 Kem 1994

Gen 929.1 K32 1994

National Yellow Book of Funeral Directors. Youngstown, Ohio: Nomis Pub., 1996.


On order for Ref

Newspapers in Microform: United States, 1948-1972. 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1972

Federal Documents Collection

LC 30.20/3 1948/1972

Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records, ed. by Kory L. Meyerink. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998. Includes military sources and indexes.

Ref 929.373 Pri

Gen 016.929 P957

The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 2nd ed. by Val Greenwood. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1990.

Gen 929.1 G816 1990

Ships of Our Ancestors by Michael J. Anuta. Menominee, Mich.: Ships of Our Ancestors, Inc., 1983.

Gen 387.243 A636

Note: Passenger lists can be found at the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild web site: External site not maintained by the Department of State.


*The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, rev. ed. by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997. Information about census records, immigration records, and court records.

On order for Ref

On order for Archives

Gen 929.1 S724 1984

*US Census Project. External site not maintained by the Department of State.


The American Genealogist


Genealogy Collection

Everton’s Genealogical Helper.

Genealogy Collection

The Florida Genealogist

Genealogy Collection

Periodical Source Index. Allen County Public Library Foundation, Fort Wayne, Indiana. PERSI is the largest and most widely used index of genealogical and historical periodicals in the world. It references more than 5,000 U.S. and Canadian periodicals and includes over one million indexed entries of articles for which copies can be obtained from the Allen County Public Library.

Gen 016.929 P445

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